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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Your Digestive Health IS Important

Do you suffer from IBS or any other digestive issue? Living with someone (my son) who suffers from Crohn's disease, I see first hand the discomfort, pain and other problems that can arise from digestive problems.

When my son is experiencing a flare up, he takes an acidophilus pill(along with a quick change in diet-see tip below),which contains a probiotic blend. These are cultures that helps better digestion and also can be found in yogurt. He can't seem to bring himself to eat yogart, so this pill is like getting the benefits of yogart without actually eating it. It really does help and he can even eat dairy when taking this product. That is huge!
Probiotics are a good kind of natural bacteria. They give your system the friendly active cultures it likes.
Prebiotics are the natural dietary fiber that helps keep those beneficial cultures happy.
The two work together to help crowd out unfriendly bacteria in your system.

I try to do my best in caring for my own digestive health. As I am getting older, my body is certainly changing. What I once could eat, now affects my stomach. You may know what I mean.

I just came across this video which explains how you can care for your own digestive health. Take a look. It may be something you want to try and see if you see a difference in the way you feel.



*TIP: I've done ALOT of research on crohn's and diet. I found that using a crock pot for cooking helps immediately. Cooking foods the traditional way doesn't break down the molecules enough for your digestive system to handle. That's why we experience bloat, cramps and diarrhea. When cooking in the crock pot for up to 9 hours, you are breaking down the molecules, so your body digests the food so much easier. That's why when cooking a roast or chicken etc, the food literally breaks apart. Think about this and you will see it is simple. Cooking meat for only about an hour (give or take) doesn't allow for the chemicals and molecules to break down. The crock pot enables this process and it really is a much healthier way to eat.

6 comments:

Robin Lee Sardini said...

Thank you AC! You know, I really like my crock pot and do have trouble with my digestion, but didn't put two and two together and see that I was having less trouble when I used it. Now I understand why!
My best to you,
Robin

AC Associates said...

Hi Robin,
I wouldn't have put two and two together either. Being my son has this disease, I've read up on it as much as possible to learn how I can help.
It's such an overwhelming feeling of helplessness to watch someone you love suffer.

What we eat and how we cook it does really play a part in our health. Using this crock pot is such a small thing, but it helps. It's not only a time saver.

I wonder if more people experienced what we have in that our digestive system works much better after eating foods that have been cooked in a crock pot?

cooper said...

A good friend of mine has both Crohn's and JD. His father has Crohn's. Good to know I'll pass t his on.

AC Associates said...

Cooper,
Thanks for stopping by. I hope this helps your friend.
As you know, Crohn's is a difficult disease to live with.
When my son is having a relapse, we are willing to try anything that might help.
If he feels an episode coming on, I use the crock pot from that point until he's feeling better. I still use it a few times a week and include recipes just for Crohn's and colitis.

lilifxt said...

hi andrea thank u for the awards ill post about them and let u know

i liked that post alot im always interested in health matters and the video and the psot very informative about digestion

thx alot and take care

AC Associates said...

Hi Lili,
Nice to see you here visiting. Glad you enjoyed the post.THanks for taking the time to leave your comment.

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